St Luke's Curriculum
Care, Challenge, Achieve
Our curriculum ensures learning is effective, exciting and above all, relevant to the needs of our children.
All pupils will secure firm foundations in English and Mathematics and this underpins a growing excellence in other subjects. Our child-led and knowledge-based curriculum offers a broad range of subjects from Early Years through to Key Stage 2 (KS2). We believe in bringing learning to life, both indoors and out, with an emphasis on engaging and purposeful learning.
St Luke’s School aims to provide a curriculum that is engaging, balanced and relevant. While emphasis is placed on children learning core skills of English and Maths, we place great value on developing the ‘whole child’ and provide an engaging programme of study in all curriculum areas.
Our high expectation of children begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS - Nursery & Reception Unit). Children begin St Luke’s School in EYFS and are regularly assessed throughout the year using Development Matters, with the aim of meeting the Early Learning Goals by the end of the Reception year. These assessments are used to identify key subject areas to inform planning and focus children who need to be targeted for specific activities. Pupils begin phonics lessons in EYFS, and these continue through into Key Stage 1 (KS1) and sometimes KS2. There is a focus on exploratory play in EYFS based around children’s interests with the adults interleaving and supporting learning through their play, which children access both on a morning and an afternoon. In the morning all pupils take part in a Maths and a Phonic lesson as well as guided reading when they are developmentally ready.
In KS1, children continue their learning journey, taking part in maths, reading and writing lessons every morning. In Year 1 (Yr1), children continue to have daily phonics lessons whilst in Yr2, children access daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons, which are linked to their learning in writing, to allow them to apply and deepen their basic skills. In the afternoon, children access the wider curriculum through carefully planned topics: Science, Religious Education (RE), Information and Communication technology (ICT), Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Music are delivered as timetabled discrete lessons.
In KS2, children again continue their daily diet of rigorous teaching, taking part in maths, reading and writing lessons every morning.
In the afternoon, children access the wider curriculum through carefully planned topics: Science, Topic, RE, ICT, PSHE and Music are delivered as timetabled discrete lessons.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In our EYFS we aim to provide:
- a caring environment
- a place to 'have a go' without fear of failure
- a place where we are all thought of as special
- a place where we know what we say matters
- a place where we understand that what we say can affect others
- a place where self-esteem is given a high priority
- a place where creativity is encouraged
KS1 & KS2
Our aim is to continue the Foundation Stage ethos from Reception and into Key Stage 1. We want all children to be happy and enjoy their early experiences in school. We aim to nurture children’s natural curiosity and zest for learning and channel it appropriately. We want to ensure learning is based on enjoyment and challenge and that children develop the confidence to explore, investigate and make sense of the world. Through a thoughtfully planned, well balanced, creative and well-structured approach to all aspects of the curriculum we enable children to develop a variety of skills both in the classroom and by taking part in outdoor learning.
Key Stage 2 (KS2) is the third phase in a child’s schooling. It is organised into four year groups: years 3 to 6 and comprises of children between the ages of 8 and 11. In St John’s School we have one class per year group. During this time the children build on the skills learnt in Foundation and Key Stage 1 (KS1) in a disciplined, industrious, exciting, happy and caring environment.
The Jersey Curriculum is interwoven into an exciting “Creative Curriculum.” Learning is embedded in a rigorous and challenging academic programme of study which enables all pupils to reach their full potential. Children in KS2 are encouraged to join specialist clubs where they can develop their musical and/or sporting abilities. Generally children are taught to become more independent as learners. They are given increasing levels of responsibility throughout the years so that their confidence grows, and their transition to secondary school becomes seamless.
For more information on each curriculum subject then please view our School handbook and Teaching For Learning guide.